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Presentation Material Designed for Others to Use

The following presentation materials were designed for self-study and for presenters to use for their own presentations. Most are incomplete drafts, and may be outdated.

IMPORTANT: Text in "Notes" Section

The slides themselves have limited text so that participants do not have to read much during a presentation. The "notes" section contains important information.

Make sure you read the text in the "notes" area for each slide. The first one starts with: [NOTES SECTION: This is where the important information is for each slide.].

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Permission and Reference

Most WAI presentation material is copyright© W3C and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License, with the exception of some images. You may use this material as is or adapt it, as long as you attribute it as described in the "Creative Commons License (CC)" section of Using WAI Material. Here is a template you can use:

This [presentation] is based on [slides] from the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI): [title]. [name], ed. Copyright © 0000 W3C® (MIT, ERCIM, Keio). Status: Updated [00 Month 0000]. [www.w3.org/WAI/great/page]

For example:

This presentation is based on slides from the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI): Benefits of WCAG 2. Shawn Lawton Henry, ed. Copyright © 2010 W3C® (MIT, ERCIM, Keio). Status: Updated 12 August 2010. www.w3.org/WAI/presentations/WCAG20_benefits/Overview

If you plan to use WAI presentation material, please let us know by sending an email to wai-eo-editors@w3.org (a publicly-archived list), or if you do not want it public send it to wai@w3.org. Following your presentation, we would appreciate knowing how many people attended, what questions they had, and such. We also welcome your feedback and suggestions for the presentation materials, to wai-eo-editors@w3.org.

Advice for Presenters

See also important information in How to Make Presentations Accessible to All.

Past WAI Presentations

For a list of presentations, search Presentations of W3C Team. You can search by Presenter, or for all WAI presentations select "Web Accessibility" in the "Relevant Activity (if applicable):" field.

Some Recent Presentations

This section includes "slides" and other material from some recent presentations. Please note that the following material was not designed for others to use; therefore, important explanations may not be included. Additionally, the presentations were focused for specific audiences and do not provide broad coverage of issues.

Video and Audio Presentations

The following video and audio presentations are available online. Only resources with transcripts are linked. Those without transcripts are listed for people who want to request transcripts from the producer. Video interviews and podcasts are listed on a different page.

Accessibility Post Web 2.0 - video in English, captions and transcript coming, August 2011
Michael Cooper presents how W3C develops technology standards and helps make the Web accessible to people with disabilities. It summarizes current work and plans to meet new challenges, and discusses the role Web designers can play.
Making the Web Accessible to People with Disabilities, June 2008, (text transcript and video)
Shawn Henry presentations for a technology seminar on communications projects for underserved areas and underserved groups, including people with disabilities, in Malaysia.
Ein Web für Menschen mit Hörbehinderung (A Web for the Hard of Hearing) - article in German with Austrian sign language, 22 May 2008 for Austrian Union for the Deaf
Shadi About-Zahra introduces the types of issues that people with hearing impairments encounter on the Web and highlights some of the cross-disabilities issues. It describes the approach that has been taken in WCAG 2.0 to provide better support for the heard of hearing on the Web.
WCAG 2.0 - Video von Shadi Abou-Zahra zu WCAG 2.0 (WCAG 2.0 - Video by Shadi Abou-Zahra about WCAG 2.0) - video in German with captions, 11 June 2008 at Accessibility Day 2008
Shadi About-Zahra introduces the basic components of Web accessibility, the role of authoring tools in achieving accessibility requirements, and the benefits of WCAG 2.0. It also describes approaches to start getting acquainted with WCAG 2.0, and how one can start using it for developing accessible Web sites.
Web Accessibility: Bridging the Digital Divide conference — (video and transcript coming) April 2008
Shawn Henry presents "Designing the Web for All of Society Benefits Us All", "International Web Accessibility Guidelines and Standards", "Web Accessibility Basics", "Integrating Accessibility in the Development Process", and "Accessible Ajax" at the Web Accessibility: Bridging the Digital Divide conference.
Catching up with Accessibility: The Basics Quickly — audio (awaiting transcript), March 2008 at SXSW 2008
Accessibility is a key aspect of high-quality websites... There’s been a lot of attention lately on the more complicated aspects of accessibility, but if you’re missing the basics that’s not going to help you. In this session, Shawn Henry runs through the easy things and the most important things you can do now to get your project up to speed on accessibility.
Make Your Website Shine, Polished with Accessibility — video (awaiting transcript), February 2007 at Webstock 08
A key aspect of high-quality websites is accessibility, but to many web developers "accessibility" is loaded with negative misunderstandings. Leave your preconceptions at the door for this tour of how the Web works for people with disabilities; people using mobile phones and PDAs; people with low bandwidth connections; seniors; and others. Accessibility is about real people using and creating the Web. We'll look at why accessibility is vital to people with disabilities, and how accessible sites are more effective for all — including those developing your website and those using it. Shawn will also highlight how recent developments in W3C WAI's WCAG 2.0, ATAG 2.0, and WAI-ARIA impact your Web projects now, and provide flexibility for the future. For example, scripting was once frowned upon for accessibility, and is now integrated in accessibility advancements. Get tips to give you a jumpstart on this new wave of Web accessibility, and inspiration to join the elite developing beautiful, accessible websites.
WCAG 2.0 Presentation for YUI Theater — video with audio and slides and text transcript, June 2007
Learn how the WCAG 2.0 Working Draft differs from WCAG 1.0, get shortcuts for using WCAG 2.0, and hear answers to common questions on W3C WAI's work in Shawn Henry's presentation to the Yahoo! User Interface Developer Network. Shawn also addresses the role of browsers and authoring tools in Web accessibility, and combining standards and usability techniques to optimize accessibility.
Advancing Web Accessibility — audio (awaiting transcript), June 2007 at @media
This session looks beyond the debates; it provides best practices for making the Web work better for people with disabilities and for everyone. Find out how recent developments in W3C WAI’s WCAG 2.0, ATAG 2.0, and WAI-ARIA impacts your Web projects now, and provides flexibility for the future. For example, scripting was once frowned upon from an accessibility point of view, but is now a key aspect of accessibility advancements. Shawn Henry will highlight changes, clarify new concepts, demo techniques, and provide tips to give you a jump-start on this new wave of Web accessibility.
Accessibility Wars: A Report From the Trenches — audio (awaiting transcript), March 2007 at SXSW 2007
The development of WCAG 2.0 has been contentious. Some in the accessibility field are not pleased. There is even a call for an invitation-only group outside of W3C to develop WCAG 1.0 extensions. Which criticisms have sound basis, and which are based on misinformation? How is W3C WAI addressing the input it has received on WCAG 2.0 Working Drafts? A frank and open discussion of the state of accessibility standards. Shawn Henry, Sharron Rush, and Bob Regan.
Web 2.1: Making Web 2.0 Accessible — audio (awaiting transcript), March 2006 at SXSW 2006
Web 2.0 represents an exciting shift in web development... and new concerns for universal access. Learn what's being done to ensure Web 2.0 benefits everyone. Shawn Henry, James Craig, Derek Featherstone, Faruk Ates, and Matt Vande Voorde.


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